Does the world really need Superman? Why would the world feel a need for Batman? Does Zack Snyder’s new interpretation do justice to developing the images of either of these idols of citizen worship?
In truth, I believe Mr. Snyder shows zero sense of what to communicate about our matters of worship in a single deity, no matter how intentional his attempts.
He starts with a dramatically overdone opening of Bruce Wayne as a child fleeing from his parents’ funeral while remembering their deaths. He falls into a forest pit where hundreds of bats either carry him out or help him to float out, a scene I’m guessing is meant to be open to interpretation. The very next event we see of Bruce’s life is ironically where Man of Steel had ended: right within the battle between Superman and General Zod. It takes you through Bruce’s perspective of the destruction, and how he rescues a little girl whose mother was just killed in the mayhem. It’s a savior figure of September 11th proportions, but the screenwriters Chris Terrio (Argo) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) had no sense of structure to plot Bruce’s growth into Batman.
Then Lois Lane goes to Africa to track a crime organization, a racially insensitive and unnecessary subplot if anything. Then Lex Luthor investigates the remaints of Krypton through explorations in the Indian Ocean, in order to gain world domination as the devil overthrowing Metropolis‘ god. Then Clark Kent looks upon Metropolis‘ criticism toward him, all questioning if he deserves the honor as he has let several people die. I will admit, their responses are shockingly realistic to how the world would react to a Superman, but when aligned with the film‘s three plus other subplots, this philosophy lacks its intended purpose.
Batman has also failed as a messiah for the people, yet in a different level of failure as he never even earns your respect and empathy to begin with. He always burns his bat emblem into the criminals he stops, and shoots soldiers dead in the broad daylight of Africa like some killer. Definitely not the Batman we‘ve come to hope for. But eventually, he and Superman had to meet through Lex Luthor’s dinner party, forming a connection as they were both presumably responsible for the deaths of their families. Then Lex tests Superman’s godliness by forcing him to kill the Batman in order to save the life of his mother. This battle between god and man sounds promising as you’ve just read in the film’s title, yet the promised battle composes of the same blasting through walls and heavy punches mindlessly tossed around in Man of Steel.
It may not all be director Zack Snyder’s fault for creating a jumbled mess of a social message. The greatest blame of the tremendous lack of passion belongs to the atrocious miscasting. Ben Affleck is a sheer bore as Batman, backed with no motivation nor grief. Jesse Eisenberg is the last one I would want to play the nemesis who seeks world domination. He looks more threatened than threatening with his amateurish, high pitched speech of a college know-it-all who’s trying to act like a jock. There are also several random uncomfortable moments of actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams appearing semi-nude on screen for the sake of it, but it’s ultimately Mr. Eisenberg who will make you feel most embarrassed.
I don’t see any hope that the future Justice League or Wonder Woman movies will continue what Zack Snyder is supposedly starting. Mr. Snyder, I understand your proper motives to attempt a message of belief in a false deity through these famous figures of American culture, but you also ought to listen to what the people of your Metropolis are saying about Batman and Superman’s lack of heroism. It’s time to listen to the people.
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